December 9, 2013

UW Tower Data Center Now ENERGY STAR Certified

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The UW Tower Data Center is one of just 27 data centers in the country to have earned a 2013 ENERGY STAR Certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. This recognizes reduced power consumption, lowered carbon footprint, and slower growth of future power needs. The Tower Data Center, operated by UW-IT, provides managed space, power and cooling of critical infrastructure supporting IT departments campus-wide. The UW is one of only two universities in the country to have ever received this certification.

December 5, 2013

HR/Payroll Modernization: Changing the Way UW Does Business

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A major initiative to replace the University's 31-year-old legacy payroll application with a modern, integrated human resources and payroll system is underway. The HR/Payroll Modernization initiative will significantly improve support for the UW’s critical HR/payroll operations, strengthen regulatory compliance, and produce efficiencies and productivity gains throughout UW units. UW Provost and Executive Vice President Ana Mari Cauce explains in a short video why this is a key initiative for the University. See additional information, with a timeline and opportunities for involvement.

December 3, 2013

Enhancements Enable Selective Sign Up for UW Alert Emergency Notification

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UW students, faculty, and staff now can sign up for UW Alert to receive official information during emergencies for any or all of the UW’s three campuses, thanks to recent enhancements to the UW’s emergency mass notification system. You can also specify or change how you want to receive alerts—by text message and/or email—and you can unsubscribe. These enhancements also include automatically updating the UW Alert Facebook and Twitter pages, helping to keep the University community better informed during emergencies and disruptive situations.

November 22, 2013

UW Joins Eduroam: Easy Wi-Fi Network Access at Participating Universities

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UW students, faculty, and staff can now access Wi-Fi networks at 5,500 participating universities with their UW NetID by using eduroam—a worldwide free service providing instant, authenticated and encrypted network access. Set up your device for eduroam before you travel so it will automatically connect wherever eduroam is available. In turn, eduroam allows visitors from participating institutions to use their home university’s credentials to connect to the UW network. Get more information about eduroam, which UW-IT worked to bring to the UW.

November 12, 2013

HuskyTV Now With Streaming and HBO GO

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HuskyTV, UW’s all-digital cable television service, now includes up to 72 channels of live, streaming TV. It brings news, sports, education and entertainment, streamed live to your Web browser, iPad or Roku streaming player, anywhere at UW Seattle. The new service, powered by, lets you pause, record, and play back shows with the built-in online DVR. Subscriptions to HuskyTV include HBO GO, with on-demand access to HBO documentaries, movies and original programming almost anywhere in the US.  Visit to see an example of Streaming HuskyTV.

November 12, 2013

Tableau Data Visualization Software Now Available Through UWare

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A powerful, easy-to-use data visualization tool, Tableau, is now available, with discounted licenses offered by UW-IT. With Tableau, you can easily create interactive graphics, reports and dashboards that allow you to ask questions and understand data in meaningful new ways. Tableau is available at no charge to faculty and full-time students through the Tableau for Teaching and Tableau for Students programs, and can be accessed on UWare. Staff also can purchase individual licenses. Visit UW-IT’s Tableau Web page to learn more, see examples, and take a video tour.

November 11, 2013

Analyze UW Data With New “UW Profiles” Dashboards

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A dynamic new way to easily access, explore, and understand basic University data is now available. “UW Profiles” is a set of Web-based dashboards designed using Tableau data visualization software. It allows exploration and aggregation of UW data derived from the Enterprise Data Warehouse, UW’s single source of central administrative data. Browse the UW Profiles website and take an introductory video tour. To view and interact with the data, apply for access. UW Profiles is a collaboration of UW-IT and the Office of Planning & Budgeting.

November 8, 2013

UW's eTextbook Pilot Findings Published by EDUCAUSE

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A new EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative brief, authored by the UW eTextbook pilot team, discusses the potential future of eTextbooks. Based on instructor and student feedback from the 2012-2013 UW pilot, it focuses on five key areas where specific enhancements could help eTextbooks realize their potential to transform teaching and learning: better pricing, moving beyond the printed page, true anytime/anywhere access, greater availability, and better integration into the larger digital learning ecosystem. Use the Federated login (InCommon), then click this link to read “The Current State and Potential Future of e-Textbooks.”

November 7, 2013

Watch the October 24th Ignite! Event — “Life Beyond the Textbook”


Watch UW faculty and others discuss the state of electronic textbooks in an online video of the October 24th Ignite! event. Hear answers to such questions as: How are eTextbooks like duct tape? What does the future hold for digitizing faculty-generated material? What digital options is the University Book Store working on? What can be learned by reading a text "at a distance"? Watch the video (Firefox, Chrome, or Safari browsers recommended).